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NCJ Number: 30597 Find in a Library
Title: VICTIMS WITHOUT CRIMES - COMPENSATION TO THE NOT GUILTY (FROM VICTIMOLOGY - A NEW FOCUS, V 2 - SOCIETY'S REACTION TO VICTIMIZATION, 1974 BY ISRAEL DRAPKIN AND EMILIO VIANO - SEE NCJ-15541)
Author(s): R MORAN; S ZIEDMAN
Corporate Author: Lexington Books
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A PROPOSAL IS MADE TO COMPENSATE ANY DEFENDANT WHO IS FOUND NOT GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW FOR THE FINANCIAL LOSS, SUCH AS ATTORNEY FEES, BAIL BOND PREMIUMS, OR LOSS OF WAGES INCURRED AS A RESULT OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
Abstract: THE AUTHORS ARGUE THAT ALTHOUGH THE DEFENDANT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, HE IS NEVERTHELESS PUNISHED UNLESS COMPENSATED. ADVANTAGES OF SUCH A SYSTEM ARE OUTLINED. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT DEFENDANT COMPENSATION WOULD HELP ELIMINATE WASTEFUL OVER-INDICTING WHICH ADDS UNNECESSARILY TO THE COST OF OPERATING A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. ANOTHER POSSIBLE ADVANTAGE OF SUCH COMPENSATION COULD BE ITS DISCOURAGING EFFECT ON ARREST AS A MEANS OF PUNISHMENT AND HARASSMENT. FINALLY, THE AUTHORS ARGUE THAT SUCH A PLAN WOULD HELP SAFEGUARD THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FROM BEING USED FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Acquittals; Costs; Defense; Offenders; Rights of the accused; Victim compensation
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